Sachse Bond Leaderboard

Devin Duvernay

by | May 21, 2015 | Sports

By Greg Ford

Sports Editor

[email protected]

Devin Duvernay has received football scholarship offers from more than 35 major universities. After all, who wouldn’t want a swift and strong wide receiver capable of taking it the distance any time he touched the ball?

Well, now track coaches at those schools and elsewhere may also have an interest in the Sachse junior, as this past weekend Duvernay sped away from eight other competitors to win Class 6A state 100-meter race.

The junior, who was making his first trip to state, bolted to a 10.27 and first place at the University of Texas’ Mike Myers Stadium, with his next closest competitor being Plano East’s Chris Ntreh (10.40). In the process, Duvernay became Sachse’s first state champion in any sport.

“It was a special moment, no doubt,” said Sachse boys’ track coach Jeremy Colvert. “I was up in the stands with his brother (Donovan) watching it from the side angle. The best part about it was around 75 meters I said, ‘We got it,’ because from the side view he had a good sizeable lead. It was nice to see him all year long sticking with it and getting that 10.3 or better.”

Added Sachse boys’ athletic director Mark Behrens, “It was an exciting day. He is a quality young man, and I think the people down there were more excited than he was … He put in the hard work and it paid off … It was great for Sachse athletics and for the city of Sachse.”

Duvernay’s road to becoming the fastest man in Texas, has its roots back to his freshman year, when, as a ninth-grader, the young man established himself as one of the fleetest in North Texas. As a sophomore, Duvernay advanced to regionals, and this year entered state as the top seed following a first-place finish at the Region II meet in Waco.

“It hit me (Sunday) that I am the fastest person in Texas,” Duvernay said. “It’s something you work for, and it’s expected to happen. I’m glad it happened, and it’s overwhelming and exciting.”

Duvernay also anchored the seventh-place 400-meter relay team (41.38), which succumbed to a bad exchange during the race. His teammates were Nicholas Alexander, Christopher Hill and Malcolm Woods.

“My favorite part (Devin) all year is that I think he was more proud about the relay making it,” Colvert said. “Having some guys to go with him and enjoy it.”

Once that race was done, all that remained was the 100, a race Duvernay entered with some nerves, which were gone by the time he broke from the starting blocks.

“It was almost perfect from the time it started, to the middle of the race, to the time it finished,” Duvernay said. “I feel like I almost had a perfect race and everything went well.”

He added, “Probably about halfway through I realized I was in the lead by a good amount, and that I had it.”

Now, with the initial state title out of the way, the goal is to repeat, something Duvernay expects to attempt and accomplish.

“You’ve got to keep working hard and beat that 10.27,” the junior noted.

0 Comments

Related News

Mustangs earn 11 all-district honors

Mustangs earn 11 all-district honors

A 6-1 finish in District 9-6A meant the Sachse Mustangs were filled with talented athletes. The Mustangs were rewarded for their strong season with three first-team and eight second-team all-district players. Making the first team was quarterback Alex Orji and...

read more
Sachse earns all-district awards

Sachse earns all-district awards

After a fantastic volleyball season, the Sachse Lady Mustangs earned plenty of all-district hardware. Sachse was awarded the most superlative winners of the season, including District 9-6A MVP Macy Taylor. An all-around player for Sachse, Taylor led the Lady Mustangs...

read more
Lady Mustangs season ends in regional semifinals

Lady Mustangs season ends in regional semifinals

The Sachse Lady Mustangs end their season in the regional semifinals for the second season in a row. This year, it's at the hands of Bridgeland, as the Bears defeated the Lady Mustangs 3-0 (25-14, 25-12 and 25-22). Sachse battled back in set three but couldn't get...

read more
Sachse miscues prove fatal in bi-district loss

Sachse miscues prove fatal in bi-district loss

Sachse pulled within two points late in the third quarter. Failing to convert the two-point conversion after a 35-yard Alex Orji touchdown run meant Sachse trailed Mesquite 21-19. From there, it was all Skeeters, who scored 21 unanswered to defeat the Mustangs 42-19....

read more
Sachse’s three keys to defeating Mesquite

Sachse’s three keys to defeating Mesquite

It’s playoff football time in the state of Texas. Sachse (6-1, 7-3) enters the bi-district round after beating Naaman Forest to clinch second place in District 9-6A. The victory gave them home-field advantage in the first round, where the Mustangs will battle the...

read more
Sachse advances in five-set thriller

Sachse advances in five-set thriller

Garland - A back-and-forth, see-saw battle saw the Sachse Lady Mustangs advance to the regional semifinals.  Taking on Rockwall at the Curtis Culwell Center on Tuesday night, the Lady Mustangs defeated the Lady Jackets 3-2 (26-24, 18-25, 25-22, 15-25 and...

read more
Sachse advances to regional quarterfinal

Sachse advances to regional quarterfinal

For the third consecutive season, the Sachse Lady Mustangs advance to the regional tournament. Taking on Waco Midway in the area championship round, Sachse swept Midway 3-0 (25-22, 25-20 and 25-14). Wanting to improve blocking and service, Sachse did just enough in...

read more
Sachse advances to area round

Sachse advances to area round

Momentum on its side, Sachse advances to the area championship round.  Sachse traveled to Forney to take on Tyler Legacy in the bi-district championship round. The Lady Mustangs controlled the match, sweeping the Lady Raiders 25-15, 25-13 and 25-20.  Sachse got...

read more